Having established a name for himself over the past 22 years, designer Arjun Khanna has witnessed a vast change in the fashion industry from when he started off. The designer, who recently displayed a collection of his vintage items — old typewriters, cameras, sunglasses, aviator jackets — some of which were on sale, has been missing from the many fashion weeks.
“I was gearing up getting this store ready. I’ve also got into lots of interiors, home styling which I’ve been focusing on. There’s a certain monotony set in with our fashion weeks, which has started boring me. The overwhelming amount of shows, be it a title from a couture week to a Bridal Week to a HDIL. They’re just different titles, but they’re just too much of the same thing happening,” he says adding that he constantly strives to be different.
Arjun feels quite strongly about the burgeoning number of city-based fashion weeks as well. He adds, “I think we are diluting the flavour and essence of true and individual great style. There’s too much of the same stuff in the market. I wish designers would start focussing on being really individual. With so many fashion weeks how does the buyer know what to look at and what not to.”
On the design front, his shaadi collection is out. With Dussera, Diwali coming up, he’s kept his heavy sherwanis, kurtas, ready for the season. “The menswear market has expanded in the time I’ve been doing it. The man who was only used to wearing brown, black and blue, is today wearing pinks, reds and colours. He’s not a sheep in the herd, which he was five years ago,” says the designer. Talking about the younger crop of designers, Arjun feels, “Some young designers are super talented, but having said that there are very few in that bracket. So I really don’t think of them much.”
As he steps further into his new venture of interiors, he says, “I’m here to set a trend, not follow them. I find a lot of designers tend to follow, instead of sitting down quietly, and taking some time off and saying hey I’m here to set a trend, which is what I strive to do everyday. “